Apparently, the multifarious Wars on Terror, Drugs, Organized Crime, and Littering are all going so very, very well that the Department of Justice sees nothing amiss with making porn—that's plain ol' consenting-adults porn—its top enforcement priority. In a rare display of sanity, other law enforcement officials are showing some reluctance to fall in line:
Acosta, a Miami native who formerly held a high-level position in the Justice Department, is having a hard time persuading other law enforcement officials in South Florida, including his own assistant U.S. attorneys, to join the anti-porn crusade.
Sources say Acosta was told by the FBI officials during last month's meeting that obscenity prosecution would have to be handled by the crimes against children unit. But that unit is already overworked and would have to take agents off cases of child endangerment to work on adult porn cases. Acosta replied that this was Attorney General Gonzales' mandate.
Acosta's meetings with other law enforcement agencies also were not particularly fruitful, sources said.
Bonus I-just-threw-up-in-my-mouth-a-little moment: A flak from some family values groups trots out the "for the children" argument, despite the fact that this will mean fewer agents to track down actual child molesters.